My entire metabolism changed when I turned 30. No longer could I binge eat without consequence! The weight was stacking on quickly and staying on! I also began managing my business remotely so I was not as active as before. Changing my lifestyle was the only way to survive my 30s! I decided to make some easy but key changes to my diet and gradually added fitness to my day. As a result, I feel stronger, fitter, happier and more focused than Iâ€™ve ever been. Here are a few fun tips to easily add fitness to your day!
Walking or cycling to work, school, everywhere
One of the first things that helped to boost my fitness level, was deciding to walk 10,000 steps every day. I started a Masterâ€™s program in February and I live a 50-minute walk from my campus. While this is a mere 9-minute drive, I chose to walk to and from my classes. I lost approximately 10lbs in one week. Armed with this knowledge, whenever I have an appointment, I check the walking distance and once appropriate, I walk instead. This helps me to not only get fitness in, but it also clears my head in between meetings, before class, before arriving home to my partner. It helps me to always be fully present!
The beautiful world of yoga
I discovered yoga in 2017, yes this was the year I turned 30. It was also the year I had so much emotional turmoil that I moved away from being alkaline/vegan and binge ate EVERYTHING! Little did I know that sneakily my metabolism changed, and in less than a year, I gained 30 lbs and I was left appalled in the aftermath. After trying a personal trainer for months with no results, I finally tried the online yoga class that kept popping up in my Facebook feed â€“ 21 Day Yoga Body. I developed a daily practice which also included meal tips and transformational journaling. I began losing 1lb a day for the first few weeks. My body felt stronger and most of all, I gained so much clarity, I was more focused, confident and chirpy during the day.
Now, I seek out classes in my area or I search for YouTube classes. On my recent trip to Bali, I found a beautiful yoga studio next to our villa, with the most beautiful view of the ocean and amazing classes. It renewed my passion for yoga. At our resort the following week, I had 2 yoga classes per day and was introduced to Iyengar yoga and Yin yoga. I am in love!!! It makes the stretches so much more effective and enjoyable. Now that I am back to the Melbourne winter, I am looking for classes with this yoga style while I do my morning practice at home. I found that joining a class gives me something to look forward to, I meet great new people and of course I enjoy the walks to and from the class just as much!
Active dates with friends and partner
This is by far my sneakiest and most exciting way to get activity in my day! I love spending time with my partner and friends. On our recent holiday, we did a sunrise hike to Mount Batur, visited the Monkey Forest, waterfall, butterfly garden, did daily fitness sessions, yoga, surfing and walks to the beach! It was so active but so enjoyable!
After this, I had a post-holiday coma with very little activity. I decided that 1. I needed to get more exercise in so I added in a gym session which precedes my morning yoga practice and worked out ways to get my daily walk in. I also decided that I needed to get out of the house and connect with my friends. This week I scheduled three meetups which all involve walking through the city, the market, shopping in this hipster area and much more! This helps as it adds in a key social and bonding factor which is just as great for boosting our endorphins as the exercise itself!
Training for a race
So I am going to say it, I HATED RUNNING! It wasnâ€™t fun in any way! I can sprint yes but give me a long-distance race, and a few months ago I would only last 5 minutes if so much. My partner, however, runs marathons for fun *cue the inspiring music* so I decided I will give it a try.
After my first 5K, which I did a fighting proud 42 minutes, he recommended I try a free app that provides 3 lessons per week for 8 weeks. The first lesson is running for 60 seconds with 90 seconds walking in between. LIKE HECK YES! I CAN DO THAT! I decided to enroll for the Adelaide 5K which was *drumroll please* 8 weeks away! I am proud to say I kept with my training program as much as possible and ran this race in a WHOPPING 34 MINUTES!!! This from the girl who hated running, and saw it as a chore! On Sunday, I ran 5 kilometers non-stop on the treadmill all while smiling with myself in the mirror â€“ YES! I have finally felt the â€śrunnerâ€™s highâ€ť everyone talks about. While I am still a work in progress, I look forward to running now, and I am currently training for my next race â€“ a virtual triathlon!
Let's get fit!
Fitness may seem difficult to include with our busy lifestyles, however, with a little bit of intention, and of course a healthy diet we can achieve great results without resorting to extreme measures. Through walking or cycling to work, school, doctorâ€™s appointments, or anywhere which is a decent walking distance, we can get that body moving quickly. Adding in a 30-minute yoga practice in the morning is a great way to start your day and energize you for the tasks ahead. Active dates with your partner and friends, like dance class, walking to see new attractions in the city, hiking or nature walks, ice-skating, surfing, swimming, are all great ways to have fun and get exercise in. Training for a 5K provides a weekly fitness schedule, along with a goal and a pretty medal at the end of it all! The endorphins are real! All in all, once you get started with one activity, making it a habit, and gradually adding in a new activity per month, youâ€™ll be Queen/ King Fitness in no time!